Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

****4 stars****

This book surprised me. I wasn't sure how much I would actually enjoy reading a romance about a woman and a drag queen, but I loved it! Reading this book, I felt like I was watching a movie. There was some great banter, and the female MC's inner monologue had me laughing out loud. It was HILARIOUS! It was also sad and a touch angsty, but mostly  happy and funny. And sometimes very sexy!! I fell hard for both of the main characters. I highlighted several passages in the book, which is always a good sign for me.

 Here's the blurb:

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn't have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she's around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn't know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains some strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

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